Bertelsmann Foundation

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Bertelsmann Foundation
founded in the year 1977
City Gütersloh
Country Germany
Legal form Stiftung des Privatrechts
address Carl-Bertelsmann-Str. 256, 33311 Gütersloh
founder Reinhard Mohn
number of employees 350
Virtual Networks A "Virtual Network" is a group of Think Tanks identified by certain semantic and normative (ideological) commonalities (e.g. climate change scepticism). Such a virtual network constitutes a research field that differs from the study of formal networks. Formal networks are real in the sense of officially acknowledged and immediately open to empirical validation. Virtual networks on the other hand display shared ideas. Social network analysis tools can be applied to find out if or to what extent virtual networks are real networks that display linkages (membership in networks, personnel, resources etc.). Unconnected think tanks in turn can be considered special cases in need of explanation independent from network structures (unless we have to assume invisible, hidden or covered ties). Public Health
Last revision 21.10.2016

The following coordinate was not recognized: 51.908450; 8.418927.The following coordinate was not recognized: 51.908450; 8.418927. The Bertelsmann Stiftung is a private operating non-profit foundation. It is one of the most influential neoliberal Think Tanks in Germany (e.g. promotes the privatization of governmental sectors and economic competition at all levels)

Organizational Structure and Funding


Carl-Bertelsmann-Str. 256, 33311 Gütersloh


Executive board

People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).


People working for the Think Tank (Fellows etc.). This includes also part-time employees.

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Advisory board

People advising the Think Tank (mainly in scientific questions)

Supervisory board

People supervising the Think Tank (mainly in economic questions).

  • Liz Mohn, Deputy Chairman Supervisory Board


Experts are not permanently employed at the Think Tank. They are paid for contract research when their expertise is needed. Some Think Tanks call a database of hundred or even more experts their own.

The Bertelsmann Foundation employs around 350 employees from which 185 are working in the project management field.


  • Budget 2014: 937,000,000€: '"`UNIQ--ref-00000181-QINU`"'

Working mode, goals

"The Bertelsmann Stiftung was founded in 1977 based on the conviction of our founder, Reinhard Mohn, that Germany was not doing enough to consider the growing competition between the globe's various social and economic systems. We therefore concentrate on developing solutions capable of addressing challenges in range of societal sectors and, at the same time, ensuring the continuity of Germany's political, economic and social structures. In doing so, we consider what has proven successful in other countries and we strive to balance research findings with experience in the field." [1]

Cooperations with Think Tanks

Think Tanks that claim to cooperate with the Bertelsmann Foundation

While the section above shows Think Tanks the Bertelsmann Foundation claims to cooperate with, the list below shows Think Tanks that claim to cooperate with the Bertelsmann Foundation. NONE


We used the DGs of the EU to generate a basic list of topics. This list is going to be steadily extended. However we try to preserve a persistent list of topics.

  • Education
  • social issues
  • Social Policy
  • Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
  • Democracy
  • Demography
  • Health and Consumer Policy
  • Economic Research
  • Economic Policy
  • Economic Cooperation
  • Economy
  • Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Labour Market
  • International Trade/Globalization
  • Business
  • Taxation

Semantic Fields

What we call here a semantic field is the idea to categorize think tanks in a two level system. The first levels are so called 'Virtual Networks' and the second are the semantic fields. Accordingly every semantic field entered here has to be attached to a virtual network. If you would like to follow a special phenomenon among think tanks please contact us and we are going to add a new virtual network. Semantic fields are topics that promote a virtual network. Lets take climate change as an example: 'climate change skeptics' is the virtual network and 'adaption instead of mitigation' would be one possible semantic field.